Recently, my instagram has been filled with pictures of Spain, one of my favourite countries. Since my first visit to Barcelona in 2010, I have had a very soft spot for Espana – there’s something about the fiesta and siesta lifestyle that I just love. Add in the fact that it is filled with beautiful towns like Pedraza and Toledo, and I’m in love!
Another of the great places that we visited from our “home base” of Madrid was Segovia. We spend a few hours there from the late afternoon until the sun dipped below the horizon and it was night time. This turned out to be a lucky mistake (honestly we were just disorganised and got to Segovia later than we’d planned), as Segovia was beautiful at night.
Getting to Segovia from Madrid
Segovia is an easy day trip from Spain’s capital, located about 90km north of it. You have a few options to get there:
- By bus: The company La Sepulvedana runs a bus from Madrid to Segovia and back. It is the cheapest option, at about 16 euro return, but it is also the slowest – it takes about 90 minutes. You catch the bus from Moncloa Metro Station and tickets can be bought there or online.
- By train: Probably the best way to get to Segovia is via the high speed train, which takes just 28 minutes and is very comfortable. You can purchase your tickets online or view the timetable at the RENFE website. The last train leaves about 10pm.
- By car: If you have a car – and are a braver driver than me (I did not like Madrid’s traffic), then you can easily drive from Madrid to Segovia. The journey takes just over an hour, but be aware that there are tolls.
What to See in Segovia at Night
Segovia is a beautiful town, but it is not cram-packed with things to do. In my view, this is a good thing. Rather than rushing from site to site, you can sit back and soak up the wonderful atmosphere. Like many Spanish towns, Segovia is steeped in history and should best be enjoyed slowly, perhaps with Google at the ready to give you some information about the attractions! Here were our favourites:
Segovia’s Roman Aqueduct is one of the best preserved Roman aqueducts in the world. Segovians are very proud of it – it even appears on their city’s coat of arms. Because the aqueduct, unusually, does not have an inscription, it is a mystery as to when exactly it was built. For years it was thought it was built during the 1st Century AD, however in 2016 historians stated that evidence suggests it was built in 112 AD. Either way, it’s stood for nearly 2000 years which is pretty impressive!
Also impressive is the way the Aqueduct contributes to the look and feel of Segovia. It is surely one of the most imposing, yet incredible, sights in the town.
Even though I tend to get a little bit “Churched out” visiting cathedrals, minsters and churches around Europe, I really love Spain’s gothic style. Segovia’s Cathedral is a great example of the Gothic style I love so much, and in my opinion it is even more beautiful at night – as you can see above. It is located near Plaza Mayor, and was built in the mid-16th Century. Not only has it been a place of worship, but it was also used as a defensive location during one of Spain’s many conflicts, too.
Like most Spanish towns, Segovia has a beautiful “main square”. There are many elegant buildings around it, including the Cathedral and the striking Town Hall. Dotted around the square are many other eclectic buildings, such as post offices, cafes and bars. This is a great spot to have some tapas and do some people watching – or perhaps to sample one of Segovia’s famed regional dishes (more on that later).
This Castle was said to be one of the inspirations for the Walt Disney Castle, and it seems pretty accurate to me. Perched upon a hill top, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in the 12th century and has had many uses. From a defensive structure to a military prison (I feel like there are worse places to be imprisoned, to be honest), and today a museum, it is one of the most popular sites in Segovia.
Although it is beautiful at night (not that my photo really shows that – I was getting cold), I do recommend also seeing it in the day time to truly appreciate how Disney-esque it is!
Eat, Drink & Be Merry
It’s no secret that I love the entire Spanish eating and drinking experience, with its tapas and vino tinto. There is certainly no shortage of tapas bars in Segovia, particularly around Plaza Mayor. However, the most famous regional dish in Segovia is ‘suckling pig’ – and I’m sorry, I just couldn’t do it (probably didn’t help that I was being death stared by my vegetarian best friend). However, I do hear on good authority that there are many restaurants that serve it, such as Meson Don Jimeno.
So there we have it – here’s how I spent one evening in Segovia, admiring it’s beautiful sights. Do you have any recommendations, or questions? Post below!